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Exhibit at Jardins d'Orient │ Courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe
Exhibit at Jardins d'Orient │ Courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe

9 Exhibitions To Catch Before It’s Too Late | September 2016

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Updated: 10 September 2016
Summer in Paris is coming to a close and so too are some of the most exciting exhibitions of the season. Our selection below represents the best of the bunch, mixing the greats of fine art, music, photography, and literature with work by fascinating contemporary artists. So get out and see these amazing shows while you still can because you’ll live to regret it if you don’t.

Charles Gleyre (1806-1874), The reformed Romantic

📅   Until September 11th, 2016

The Musée d’Orsay is the first in France to dedicate a solo exhibit to Charles Gleyre, who was a major figure on the mid-19th-century academy painting scene with the likes of Renoir and Monet passing through his studio. His oeuvre draws mainly from mythology and was for many years considered conventional in comparison to the artistic revolutions forging ahead at the time. Nevertheless, art historians have uncovered the subtle contradictions in the artist and his work and that is what is explored in this exhibition, which was made possible by a significant loan from the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne.

📍  Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France, +33 1 4049 4814

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Rester vivant’

📅   Until September 11th, 2016

So central to French culture (for better or worse) has Michel Houellebecq become that the Palais de Tokyo is anxious to declare this is an exhibition not about but by him. It is an invitation into the inner workings of the controversial poet, essayist, novelist, and filmmaker’s mind, combining audio recordings, photography, installations, films and the works of guest artists to create a truly immersive experience. This is where visitors will come to understand how literature can blend into the visual arts and fact into fiction.

📍  Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France, +33 1 8197 3588

Barbie

📅   Until September 18th, 2016

This exhibition is a first of its kind for Les Arts Décoratifs. Over 700 Barbie dolls have been displayed over an area of 1,500 square meters alongside creations from designers like Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Louboutin. Works by contemporary artists, newspaper clippings, photographs, and archival footage combine to make an exhibition which is in part a celebration of a beloved (and loathed) toy, but also an examination of the historical and sociological contexts that have precipitated its continual evolution since 1959.

📍  Les Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France+33 1 4455 5750

Barbie │ Courtesy of Les Arts Décoratifs

Barbie │ Courtesy of Les Arts Décoratifs

Les Hugo, une famille d’artistes

📅   Until September 18th, 2016

The creative talents of the Hugos have been put on display to coincide with the publication of a book about Hauteville House, the Guernsey home of the famous poet while in exile, by Marie and Jean-Baptiste Hugo, the fifth generation of this illustrious family. Over the two floors of the Maisons Victor Hugo, visitors travel through time, first with the drawings of Victor Hugo, Mrs. Hugo and their sister-in-law Julie Duvidal Montferrier. Then follow the sketches and photography of sons François-Victor and Charles, as well as the prints of nephew Leopold. That’s followed by the paintings of grandson Georges, and the works of his son Jean, a great character of the Belle Epoque.

📍  Maisons Victor Hugo, 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France, +33 1 4272 1016

The Intimate World of Josef Sudek

📅   Until September 25th, 2016

The first of the Jeu De Paume exhibitions on this list, The Intimate World of Josef Sudek contains 130 works from across the Czech photographer’s career from 1920 to 1976, through which visitors can see Prague develop as the 20th century progresses. Sudek was fascinated by the interplay of light and shade and his shots of nature, architecture, streets and objects are enhanced by his mastery of their effects. His studio window was a particular subject of fascination, allowing him as it did to see the world transform before his eyes depending on the shifting weather and seasons.

📍  Jeu De Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France, +33 1 4703 1250

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

📅   Until September 25th, 2016

These self-taught filmmakers and artists from Lebanon have been presenting exhibitions for 15 years which integrate photographs, video installations, fictional films, and documentaries. Their creative partnership grew out of their country’s civil wars, and focusses on encounters with people, the boundary between life and fiction, and the difficulty of living in the present. The films and artworks they create tend to have their roots buried in a secret and grow out of the exploration of personal and political documents.

📍  Jeu De Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France,  +33 1 4703 1250

Jardins d’Orient: De l’Alhambra au Taj Mahal

📅   Until September 25th, 2016

Water is the central theme of this historic exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe, reflecting its importance to the development of Arab-Islamic, Mughal and Hispano-Moorish ornamental and food-producing gardens across millennia and continents. In the forecourt of the institute, visitors can experience firsthand the fragrances and colors of these paradises and witness a contemporary work of art that will nourish their powers of creative perception. Inside, the horticultural history is told with a variety of sketches, paintings, sculptures, and documentation.

📍 Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France, +33 1 4051 3838

Gardens at the Institut du Monde Arabe │ Courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe

Gardens at the Institut du Monde Arabe │ Courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe

Artistes in Montmartre: 1870-1910

📅   Until September 25th, 2016

This exhibition at the Musée de Montmartre features the work of 20 artists, including Paul Signac, Henri Martin, Pierre Bonnard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Lefèvre, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Max Jacob, Marie Laurencin, and Amedeo Modigliani, who all lived and worked in Montmartre. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and will explore the global allure of this 18th arrondissement neighborhood. An entire room is also dedicated to the composer Erik Satie, tracing his origins through a combination of musical works and written documents. The famous cabaret dancers are also one of the key themes explored.

📍  Musée de Montmartre, 12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris, France, +33 1 4925 8939

Moulin de la Galette by Edouard Lefèvre │ Courtesy of the Musée de Montmartre

Moulin de la Galette by Edouard Lefèvre │ Courtesy of the Musée de Montmartre

Miquel Barceló. Sol y Sombra

📅   Until October 1st, 2016

Miquel Barceló is the first guest artist to be displayed at the Musée Picasso since it reopened in 2014. This exhibition occupies the entire basement floor of the museum and presents a collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and drawings from the 1990s to today. It is punctuated by a select number of works by Picasso and photographs of his studio in order to draw out the similarities in their attitudes, motives, and creative processes. The real showstopper is the large brick wall created by the Mallorcan artist, which addresses recurring themes in his self-portraits and evokes the monumental dimension of his work.

📍  Musée Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France, +33 1 8556 0036

Work by Miquel Barceló │ Courtesy of the Musée Picasso

Work by Miquel Barceló │ Courtesy of the Musée Picasso